After ending their regular season on an eight game unbeaten streak, the Colgate Raiders (21-8-5) will take on the Harvard Crimson (11-13-5) in the ECAC quarterfinals. Colgate swept the regular season series with a 1-0 and 4-2 win. This will be their second straight meeting in the postseason at Hamilton, NY. Colgate beat them in the best two out of three series last year with a 6-4 and 6-1 win.
Harvard has not had a lot of luck against the Colgate Raiders in recent years, but that just makes them an even more dangerous team with something more to play for. A majority of their games this season have been decided by one goal or ended up in a tie. For a team that is relatively young with just four seniors, that is very impressive. Their freshman goalie, Lindsay Reed has played most of the season and has only allowed two goals a game with a save percentage of 945%.
With this said, Harvard is now going up against a Raider team that has seemed to find a rhythm ever since Cornell series., again going unbeaten in their last eight games Colgate also has been a near dominant team at home with an 11-2-1 record. They are also 1st in the ECAC in goals (83), assists (128) and goals-per-game (3.77). In short, this team is red hot going into the postseason.
I think the Raiders will win the series, but Harvard will make it very tough until the end. They will have at most three chances to do so but I am confident that this Colgate team has already come with a game plan for their Ivy League foe. Here’s to playoff hockey. Go Gate!